JOE ZAWINUL - A MUSICAL PORTRAIT
Soloists: Manolo Badrena (percussion), Amit Chatterjee (guitar), Sabine Kabongo (vocals), Linley Marthe (bass), Nathaniel Townsley III (drums), Joe Zawinul (bandleader)
Director: Mark Kidel
DVD Specials: Including East 4th Street Band / Andalusia / In a silent way / When there wars royality / Tower of silence / Three postcards / Bonus track: 16 mins music video clips of “all about Simon” & “Yelena”
A documentary and performance film by award-winning director Mark Kidel, one of the world’s leading directors of music programmes, features an illuminating documentary profile of one of the world's foremost jazz keyboard players and composers, along with an electric performance by the Zawinul Syndicate at The Point in Cardiff (Wales) in 2004. Shot in an unusually intimate manner, the film communicates powerfully the immediate excitement of jazz as a no-holds-barred, risk-embracing adventure: the shooting and editing highlight the exceptional collective improvisation and musical dialogue which characterise Zawinul’s work. The cast of musicians includes Sabine Kabongo (vocals), Nathaniel Townsley III (drums), Amit Chatterjee (guitar), Linley Marthe (bass) and Manolo Badrena (percussion).
"[...] wonderful documentary [...]." Glenn Astarita, www.jazzreview.com, 19.09.2008